Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (572)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

572. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social Protection the maximum duration a person can retain entitlement under jobseeker’s benefit if the person enters that benefit having already been on the pandemic unemployment payment (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38387/20]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Jobseeker's Benefit is a weekly payment to people who have lost their employment and who satisfy the scheme's statutory conditions including the requirement to have paid sufficient social insurance contributions. This benefit is paid for 9 months (234 days) to people who have paid 260 or more PRSI contributions and for 6 months (156 days) to people who have paid less than 260 contributions.

The duration of Jobseeker's Benefit is not affected by any period for which a person has received the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

I trust that this clarifies the position.